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Jazz benefit is for the birds

By Gary Bogue
Friday, December 21st, 2007 at 11:25 am in Birds, International Bird rescue research Center, Oil Spills.

This is about a Jazz Benefit for the Birds at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

WHAT: “Benefit for the Birds” is a benefit concert to raise money for local and international bird rescue efforts. It’s a mostly Jazz program featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz; flutists Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler, Antonia David and Ann Licater; guitarists Jack Gates and Jeff Suits; cellist Suellen Primost; vocalists Laurie Antonioli, Alvenson Moore and Mary D’Orazi; upright bassist Dave Lockhart; drummer Greg German; and other surprise guest musicians.

WHEN:
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 94611.

COST:
Suggested donation of $10 or more. (More is best!)

MORE INFO:
http://www.myspace.com/benefitconcertinfo
Or call 510-542-7517.
This location is wheelchair accessible and there is plenty of free parking.

COMMENTS:
This is an opportunity to catch world-class Grammy-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz and friends on New Year’s Day in a rare Bay Area appearance. Juilliard-trained Herskowitz is on the rise as one of the most exciting pianists on the jazz/fusion scene. He recorded a holiday album with Barry Manilow and has recently made several TV appearances.

** For more information about flutist Carol Alban, see http://www.myspace.com/carolalban

** For more info about jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz, see http://www.mattherskowitz.com

MOST IMPORTANT:
Proceeds from this concert will benefit the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), a non-profit that did an amazing job of rescuing and rehabilitating the birds impacted by the recent oil spill in SF Bay. You can learn more about this marvelous organization at http://www.ibrrc.org

Dear readers:
I’m sure you remember the International Bird Rescue Research Center. I wrote a lot about them both here and in my daily newspaper columns during the cleanup operations from the recent San Francisco Bay oil spill.

A lot of wild birds were killed when they got contaminated with oil from this spill. Fortunately, many of those oiled birds also lived to be released back into the wild because they were cared for and cleaned by the professional staff and caring volunteers at IBRRC.

IBRRC is a nonprofit organization and continues to operate because of the generous support of caring people like you. You can help and have an enjoyable New Year’s Day at the same time by purchasing a ticket and attending this wonderful concert. Thanks a BIG bunch! /Gary

(You can read Gary’s daily newspaper columns at http://www.contracostatimes.com/garybogue)

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